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Vessel Data and Contact Information for the

Last Updated - 1/28/2005
Main Activities
Capacities & Workspaces
Range, Speed, Endurance
DP Equipment
CTD Specs
Coring Specs
Underwater Vehicles
Diving Capabilities
Engineering Design
Navigation & Communications
Acoustics & Profiling
Winches, Gantries & Cranes
Country: USA

NODC Code:

    Call Sign: WSD7079
Owner: National Science Foundation
Operator: Oregon State University
Contact: Peter Zerr
Address: 2020 SE OSU Drive
Newport, OR 97365-5275
Telephone: 541-867-0225
Fax: 541-867-0294
Year Built: 1976
Ship URL: Link to Ship Home Page

Ship Schedule URL:

Ship Schedule via its Home Page

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Main Dimensions

  Length OA: 56.39  m
  Breadth: 10.06  m
  Freeboard to working deck: 2  m
  Max. draft: 5.64  m

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Main Vessel Activity

  Main Activity: Oceanographic Research
  Operating Area: Pacific Ocean
  Navy Grids Supported: NP-5,6,8,9,11,12,13

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Capacities and Working Spaces

  Gross tonnage: 287  GRT
  Dry cargo holds: Unknown
  Fuel: 237  m3
  Wet Labs Area: 35.5  m2
  Dry Lab Area: 65  m2
  Fresh Water
 Storage Capacity:
25  m3
  Fresh Water Generator Capacity: 9  m3/day
  Scientific Clean Water Generation: Yes
  Free Working Deck Area: 92  m2
  Space for container lab: 7 x 15  m
  Radioactive Isotope Work Areas: Lab Van available  m

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Range, Speed and Endurance

  Range: 7200  nautical miles
  Cruising Speed: 12  kts.
  Max. Speed: 14  kts.
  Endurance: 30  days

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  Officers: 6
  Other crew: 13
  Scientists: 18
  Air Conditioned: Unknown

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Data Processing Equipment:

  Computers: Various
  Printing/Plotting: Various

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CTD Specifications:

  CTD Aboard: Yes
  CTD Type: Seabird
  CTD Tow able: No, but SeaSoar is available.
  CTD Oxygen Sensing: Yes
  CTD Transmissivity: Yes
  CTD Fluormeter: Yes
  CTD Rosette: Yes

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Coring Specifications:

  Coring Capabilities Aboard: Available through OSU Coring Group.
  Grab Sampler: Available through OSU Coring Group.
  Box Corer: Available through OSU Coring Group.
  Gravity Corer: Available through OSU Coring Group.
  Piston Corer: Available through OSU Coring Group.
  Multi Corer: Available through OSU Coring Group.

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Underwater Vehicle Capabilities:

  Underwater Vehicle Support: Can support user supplied ROV's & AUV's.
  ROVs: Unknown
  AUVs: Unknown
  Submersibles: Unknown

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Diving Support:

  Diving Capabilities: Through OSU Dive Office.

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Engineering Design Particulars


Ice Breaking Ability:


Hull Materials:

  Dynamic Positioning Ability: Unknown
  Engines: Main engine(s): number:  1   make:  EMD 16 645 E7 Diesel
Power (BHP) each engine:  2800 at 900rpm
Propeller Diameter:  3   m Max. RPM:   240
Total power auxiliary diesels:  350   HP
  Electrical Systems:  


 Voltages: 480/0V /0V
     kVA: 300
    Phases: 3


60  Hz

Stabilized System:   VAC   AMPs    Hz



  None   Volts with  Unknown  Volts Max


Fixed Equipment

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Navigation and Communication:

  Navigational Equipment: Radar GPS Gyro 2 Axis Doplog ADCP
  Communications Equipment: Fax, SatCom, GMDSS, HF/MF, VHF
  Satellite Communications Equipment: B, M & C

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Acoustics and Profiling:

  Echosounders: 3 kHz, 12 kHz Chirp
  Sonar Type: None
  Sea Surface Mapping System: None
  Side Scanning: None
  Multibeam: none
  Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler: Yes
  Silent Ship Operations: 177

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  Winches: 3  
    Steel Wire Length: 9000  m,  safe working load:  6  tons
    Conducting Cable Length:  9999  m , safe working load:  1.5  tons
    Trawl winch length:  9000  m , safe working load:  6  tons
    Other Winches:
      Length:  Unknown , safe working load:  Unknown
  Gantry: Position: 1 hydrg 1 strn

Clearance above deck:  5  m , and outboard extension:  3  m


Safe working load at maximum reach:  6  tons

  Crane: Position: Midships

Clearance above deck:  20  m  and outboard extension:  8  m


Safe working load at maximum reach:  2  tons

  Other:   Portable CTD Winch

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Vessel Construction and Maintenance Supervision

  Construction Supervised by: National Science Foundation
  Classification Society: Unclassed/ABS Loadline
  Others, Specify: Unknown
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